Introducing ....

So, you know how I've been hinting about my novella, Sweet Remembrance? Well, today I get to share some crazy exciting news ...

Once: Six Historically Inspired Fairytales

Six fairytales you thought you knew, set against a tapestry of historical backgrounds.

A lonely girl plots revenge in the shadow of a mountain. A stolen princess fumbles a century backward. A dwarfish man crafts brilliant automatons. A Polish Jew strikes matches against the Nazis. A dead girl haunts a crystal lake. A terrified princess searches a labyrinth. A rich collection of six historically inspired retellings, Once is a new generation of fairytales for those who thought they'd heard the tales in all their forms.

Featuring the novellas of Elisabeth Grace Foley, Rachel Heffington, J Grace Pennington, Emily Ann Putzke, Suzannah Rowntree, and Hayden Wand.

Coming December 2nd, 2016

(You're scratching your heads right now wondering which story is mine, right? Yeah, actually I'm pretty sure you nailed mine right away.)

I was so excited when Suzannah Rowntree and Elisabeth Grace Foley asked if I'd consider writing a retelling for their fairy tale boxset. Little old me alongside authors like Rowntree and Foley, Rachel Heffington, J. Grace Pennington, and Hayden Wand?!! I'm honored to be a part of this exciting adventure!

My story, Sweet Remembrance, is a WWII retelling of The Little Match Girl set in the Warsaw ghetto. So, yes, it's sad by nature. But there's young love, courage, resistance, hope, and music weaved throughout the tale creating a wistful longing for what was and what could have been. It's been said to leave readers in tears. 

Check out the storyboard of Sweet Remembrance to get a feel for the retelling:

Eager to find out about the other retellings in the collection? Grab a cup of joe and do some blog hopping!

Mountain of the Wolf by Elisabeth Grace Foley
She But Sleepth by Rachel Heffington
Rumpled by J. Grace Pennington
Death Be Not Proud by Suzannah Rowntree
With Blossoms Gold by Hayden Wand

We are currently looking for advance readers. If you're interested in receiving a free copy of Once: Six Historically Inspired Fairytales in exchange for a review on Amazon and Goodreads, please email us at:

Hayden Wand created these beautiful promotional banners to be shared on social media! Please spread the word about our boxset using the hashtag #OnceFairyTales and adding Once: Six Historically Inspired Fairytales to your Goodreads shelf.

We're so excited to share this collection with you SO SOON!


Voting Your Conscience

Cast off the cloak of indifference you have wrapped around you.
 Make the decision before it is too late.

These words were written by a group of German students during WWII. They called themselves The White Rose and as many of you know, I'm a huge admirer of them! I wrote an entire novel about their resistance to the Nazi regime and I've read and re-read their beautifully composed leaflets. I love to talk about how they stood up for what was right in the midst of evil, and that we should follow their example.

But I'm guilty. I'm guilty of being wrapped in a cloak of indifference when it comes to politics, as they accused their fellow countrymen of doing. The news is too depressing, too slanted, too infuriating, and so I become indifferent. I'd much rather study history and question why people didn't speak up or pay attention to what was happening around them 70 years ago instead of asking myself the same question.

"For through his apathetic behavior he gives these evil men the opportunity to act as they do; he tolerates this 'government' which has taken upon itself such an infinitely great burden of guilt; indeed, he himself is to blame for the fact that it came about at all! Each man wants to be exonerated of a guilt of this kind, each one continues on his way with the most placid, the calmest conscience. But he cannot be exonerated; he is guilty, guilty, guilty! It is not too late, however, to do away with this most reprehensible of all miscarriages of government, so as to avoid being burdened with even greater guilt." — The White Rose

Between the convicting words of The White Rose and this being my first time voting in a presidential election, I'm shaking myself out this cloak of indifference. 

"Why do you allow these men who are in power to rob you step by step, openly and in secret, of one domain of your rights after another, until one day nothing, nothing at all will be left but a mechanized state system presided over by criminals and drunks? Is your spirit already so crushed by abuse that you forget it is your right—or rather, your moral duty—to eliminate this system? But if a man no longer can summon the strength to demand his right, then it is absolutely certain that he will perish. We would deserve to be dispersed through the earth like dust before the wind if we do not muster our powers at this late hour and finally find the courage which up to now we have lacked." The White Rose

We can all agree that this election is insane and high blood pressure inducing. A lot of Americans feel forced to choose the lesser of two evils.

But we DO have another choice. We CAN vote our conscience. We can vote for third-party candidate, Evan McMullin. He's a man with integrity, a quality non-existent in Trump and Hilary. Wake up, America! We could actually have a president with moral values. We could have a president who has first hand experience with the refugee crisis and fighting terrorism. We could have a president who respects our basic human right, lifeWe could have a president who upholds the constitution and the truth that all men are created equal. We could have a president who stands up for what is good, right, and true. Doesn't that excite you?!

"In a year where Americans have lost faith in the candidates of both major parties, it’s time for a generation of new leadership to step up. It’s never too late to do the right thing." —Evan McMullin

I encourage you to learn more about Evan McMullin and listen to him speak from the heart—not from a speech someone wrote for him or from a teleprompter. I think McMullin is just what our country needs right now. He is a candidate that I can vote for in good conscience.

"Now it is our task to find one another again, to spread information from person to person, to keep a steady purpose, and to allow ourselves no rest until the last man is persuaded of the urgent need of his struggle against this system." —The White Rose

Pray for our country and encourage others to get behind McMullin. 

Because voting for the lesser of two evils is still evil.


Robert Lopiano | Tail Gunner on a B-17

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to meet Robert Lopiano who served in the 548th Squadron, 385th Bomb Group from 1943-1944. He enlisted a week before his twentieth birthday and started out as a waist gunner on B-17s, then become a tail gunner. He flew 25 missions over France, Germany, and Holland. Out of the 100 men in his squadron, only 17 reached the mark of 25 missions. 

This photograph was for fake ID in case he was shot down and taken into the underground. 

The insignia of the 548th Bomb Squadron, featuring Bugs Bunny! 

His friend suggested that after every mission, he write a brief summary. Even though Mr. Lopiano said he was too busy thinking about girls (he received a Dear John letter from his girlfriend) and didn't fancy himself a writer, he keep a record of all the missions!

Mr. Lopiano receiving his Air Medal award ... 

"The flak was the outstanding part of this mission. It was the most accurate we have encountered so far; as a matter of fact I was hit on the chin by some fragments. I was only grazed by it thank God. I looked out of my right side window and saw that the tail's horizontal stabilizer was shot away."

"Finishing my 25th on Christmas Eve day is no doubt the best gift anyone could receive. The relief of tension, doubt, and sleepless nights over and done with."

His short snorter dollar. Short snorter dollars were signed by flight crews and conveyed good luck to soldiers crossing the Atlantic.

I wanted to be a pilot
And you along with me,
But I guess if we were all pilots,
Where would the Air Force be?
It takes guts to be a gunner;
To sit back there in the tail
While the Messerschmitts are coming
And the slugs began their wail.
Sure, the pilot's just a chauffeur,
And it's his job to fly the plane;
But it's us who do the fighting 
But we never get the fame.
So, if some of us have to be gunners,
Then we'll make you a little bet.
We'll be the best damn gunners,
Who have left this station yet.

— A Gunners Vow (Author Unknown)

It was such an honor to meet him!


Giveaway Winner!

The winner of the Ain't We Got Fun eBook giveaway goes to ...


(I met Katya at the Liberation of New Oxford reenactment and was totally jealous of her paratrooper shirt.) Emily Chapman and I hope you enjoy reading, Ain't We Got Fun!

Thank you all for entering and be sure to check back for more Ain't We Got Fun giveaways and sales in the coming months! 


"Anchors Aweigh, My Boys."

Well guys, I went back to where my WWII obsession all started. In 2008 I went aboard two original WWII battleships and a submarine. I remember sitting in the back of my car on the way home with a notebook and pen in hand, scribbling down a story of a young man who enlisted in the Navy. I even wrote a short story about the Sullivan brothers a few months later. I was going to share a few snippets, but reading my old writing makes me cringe! Anyway, it was time to go back dressed in my WWII garb. While I was there, I dreamed up an amazing WWII reenactment idea complete with a USO show on the deck of the ship. Now I really want to make it happen! Also, they host weddings on the ships so I'll definitely keep that in mind. =)

It was so nice having our great-uncle as our own personal tour guide. =)

It was a lovely time! Who knows ... maybe that WWII reenactment will happen someday. =) 


P.S. Don't forget to enter the AIN'T WE GOT FUN eBook giveaway! It ends at midnight.